March 23, 2021
While Omega’s sports watch designs typically dominate the conversation surrounding the brand (at least in most Western markets), its extensive dress-oriented side has historically been a breeding ground for classic models. The elegantly minimal De Ville Trésor line carries on this tradition for 2021, blending clean and elemental dress sensibilities with the brand’s modern movement-making prowess. The new Omega De Ville Trésor Power Reserve is a fine example of this dual expertise, blending both Bauhaus-esque tasteful minimalism and contemporary horological innovation to create a timelessly refined design with enough character to set it apart from competitors.
While on the larger side for a dress watch at 40mm, the 18k yellow-gold case of the Omega De Ville Trésor Power Reserve remains classically simple in form. The tapering lugs flow gently and seamlessly into the case sides, the sloping smooth bezel is narrow but still carries its own presence, and Omega tops the watch with a vintage-style box sapphire crystal. A fully polished finish helps to highlight the classically dressy character and the case profile measures in at a relatively slender 10.07mm. Water resistance for this case stands at only 30 meters, but this is a design without any sporting aspirations.
The dial of the Omega De Ville Trésor Power Reserve carries on the refined minimalist theme with a grainy silver-domed surface. The simple gold stick hands are mirrored by the matching applied indices, and the 3 o’clock printed Omega logo and 9 o’clock dial text counterweight each other handsomely to maintain an elegantly symmetrical look. The recessed subdials at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock are likewise finely balanced, with pared-back printed scales to minimize the intrusion upon the azurage finishing. The 6 o’clock subdial offers a small seconds display, while the 12 o’clock register cleanly and simply marks out the 72-hour power reserve. Dress watches can be made or broken by delicate proportion and detail, and while the two register design gives the De Ville Trésor Power Reserve a unique character, the balance between these elements and the use of negative space maintains a sense of airy refinement and simplicity.
Inside the Omega De Ville Trésor Power Reserve beats the in-house Calibre 8935 hand-wound movement. Featuring Omega’s signature co-axial escapement and 15,000 Gauss of magnetic resistance, the Calibre 8935 offers a solid array of the brand’s modern innovations. These include twin sequential mainspring barrels, a silicon balance spring, and NIVACHOC shock protection. Certified to Omega’s stringent in-house Master Chronometer standards of accuracy by Swiss government organization METAS, the Calibre 8935 offers a hefty 72-hour power reserve at a 25,200 bph beat rate. Decoration includes Omega’s signature arabesque Geneva waves across the nearly full bridges, with a contrasting balance bridge in 18k Sedna gold. Omega finishes the De Ville Trésor Power Reserve with a clean and classical alligator pattern leather strap in rich slate gray.
With a unique but finely balanced minimal design and a thoroughly modern hand-wound movement, the Omega De Ville Trésor Power Reserve stands as compelling proof that the brand’s offerings outside the core sporting models are every bit as dramatic and capable as their more popular cousins. The Omega De Ville Trésor Power Reserve is available now through authorized dealers at an MSRP of $17,500. For more details, please visit the brand’s website.